In order to achieve that aim with this “Noble Late Harvest” Sauvignon Blanc, perfectly botrytised Sauvignon Blanc grape were hand harvested ahead of a slow fermentation and six months of maturation in 100% new French oak barrels. Left on the lees of fermentation during this period, some lees stirring was undertaken to generate additional complexity and richness.
A golden colour of moderate intensity in the glass, this Mulderbosch “Noble Late Harvest” Sauvignon Blanc is quite far removed in terms of appearance from its cousins which would have seen the fruit destined for them harvested earlier in the season. Oak fermentation and maturation has clearly had an effect here, as it has on the nose.
Whilst one might normally expect aromas of cut grass, gooseberry and asparagus from South African Sauvignon Blanc, here this Mulderbosch “Noble Late Harvest” Sauvignon Blanc offers aromas of waxed lemons, poached pears and vanilla, with a musty, yeasty complexity derived from the botrytis also clearly evident. There’s a hint of caramelisation here too, that is suggestive of the elevated level of residual sugar that is to found within this wine.
Sweet and somewhat sticky on the palate, this “Noble Late Harvest” Sauvignon Blanc from Mulderbosch is an individual and complexly flavoured wine that combines intense fruit flavours, with a rich mouth-feel. Flavours of poached pears, grapefruit and candied lemon zest combine with the vanilla and cinnamon spice of oak and botrytis to yield a compelling whole. A little swamped by the sweetness and richness of texture on display, Sauvignon Blanc’s traditionally high level of acidity just about manages to retain balance as this wine evolves on tongue. A finish of good length shows more pears and honey.